We shall begin rehearsals for our December 2021 concert on 16th September 2021 at 8pm. (We shall revert to our usual rehearsal start-time of 7.30pm in subsequent weeks.)
We have two rehearsal periods in the course of each year: from January to May for a performance in May, and from September to December for a performance in December.
During those periods we rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, in the Hall at Shipston Primary School in Station Road, Shipston-on-Stour. See below for directions on how to find us.
We warm up with vocal exercises (the book we use is available at a discounted price for choir members). Work goes on at a lively pace, with help for the less experienced, but plenty to stretch the seasoned singers. There are also interesting nuggets of background information from the Musical Director.
We produce CDs of the individual parts so that less experienced singers can get to know the music at their own pace. They are presented in their musical context, giving an idea how the parts relate to the work as a whole. Most singers find the CDs useful, but the main benefits are that some people are able to enjoy singing music not otherwise accessible to them; and in addition, rehearsals can proceed at a brisk pace since many members have already learned the notes. People have learned to sight-sing from scratch with Stour Singers.
Directions on how to find us:
The postcode is CV36 4BT.
From the north:
On the A3400, c. ½ mile after entering Shipston-on-Stour, on the left-hand bend, turn sharp right into Station Road. The entrance to the school is 150 yards on the left (just before the Black Horse pub).
From all other directions
(B4035 – Brailes, Moreton, Campden – join the A3400 at the one-way system)
At the one-way system take the direction of Stratford. After about ¼ mile (where the main road turns right), bear left into Station Road. The entrance to the school is 150 yards on the left (just before the Black Horse pub).
KEEPING SAFE DURING COVID
It is our aim to keep everyone as safe as possible during this pandemic.
1. A group of choir members undertook a very thorough risk assessment, looking at potential transmission – through both interpersonal contact and through contaminated surfaces.
2. The best protection from the virus is to prevent its appearance in rehearsals.
- As a baseline, we ask that every singer be fully vaccinated, and take a lateral flow test before rehearsals.
- Should anyone have had recent contact with someone with the virus, or feel they may have contracted Covid, that person should not come to any rehearsals. Should this be the case, it is important to tell a choir representative, so that everyone can be informed of the potential risk.
3. To keep everyone safe, choir members will be:
- well spaced,
- asked to wear masks at all times other than when at their seats.
- Masks may be removed for singing.
- All should use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the rehearsal space.
- There will be a substantial interval to allow aeration.
4. We are working with the school to ensure that:
- the room will be well-ventilated
- seats and other surfaces are cleaned before and after rehearsals.
We hope that these measures will help us to look after one another, and enjoy singing together.